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BREAKING: Stuttgart Police Officer Murdered, Arkansas State Police Officer Wounded

Stuttgart, AR – A Stuttgart police officer was murdered and an Arkansas State Police (ASP) officer was wounded while attempting to apprehend an armed suspect late Wednesday night, according to investigators.

The ASP said officers with the Stuttgart Police Department (SPD) were in a motor vehicle pursuit with a suspect when the suspect suddenly bailed out of the vehicle and took of running on foot, KATV reported.

Two SPD officers chased after the fleeing suspect just before an exchange of gunfire occurred, the ASP said.

One of the officers was fatally struck by gunfire during the shootout, KATV reported.

The ASP said the second SPD officer was shot in the ballistic vest, but the second officer did not suffer any substantial injuries, according to KLRT.

Police said the suspect subsequently entered a residence and took a woman hostage.

The ASP responded to the scene and were able to rescue the hostage after another exchange of gunfire with the armed suspect, KATV reported.

An ASP officer was struck by gunfire during the second shootout and was subsequently rushed to a local hospital.

The wounded officer’s injuries are said to be non-life threatening, according to KTHV.

Investigators said the suspect was fatally shot during the confrontation, KATV reported.

The suspect’s identity has not been released.

The ASP did not release the name of the slain SPD officer.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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